The Junior Fire Marshal Program offers local youth an opportunity to learn what it takes to become a firefighter. The Durham Fire Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, and the N.C. Department of Insurance — Office of the State Fire Marshal team up annually to offer youth ages 11-15 a chance to learn about fire safety and career options in the fire service.
The Jr. Fire Marshal Program is held during the Durham Public Schools System's spring break. Participants are assigned a fire service mentor who provides one-on-one attention to help each participant become well-rounded and learn as much as possible from the program. During the four-day course, participants receive fire extinguisher training, hazardous materials training, fire rescue demonstrations, fire inspection and fire investigation training, emergency medical services instruction and blood pressure screening demonstrations. The students are required to prepare oral presentations for the graduation ceremonies.